Hitler Came for Niemoeller: The Nazi War Against Religion

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 "To say that this is a good book is to say nothing. To advise one to read it for entertainment is sacrilege. To urge its reading for information, or even for inspiration, is to reveal a lack of insight. This book is a revelation of hell on earth, of the existence of a malignant wickedness and evil in this world. If any man can read it and not be stirred to his depths, it is because he has no depths." --Norman Vincent Peale, from the foreword

First published in 1942, Leo Stein's account of the imprisonment of Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoeller recounts face-to-face discussions with Hitler. Martin Niemoeller was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1924. He was a hero during World War I, a German naval lieutenant and U-boat commander. He was also one of the earliest and most vocal critics of Nazism. As the Third Reich moved toward the obliteration of the Christian Church, Niemoeller, along with other pastors, formed the Pastor's Emergency League to protect the church and its ministers from imprisonment and destruction. Pastor Niemoeller's was one of the early, stentorian calls for overseas aid, with a major manifesto appearing in an issue of Time magazine just prior to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Niemoeller was protected until 1937, when he was found guilty of treason. He was sent for "re-education" and spent the remainder of World War II at Sachsenhausen, Mobait, and Dachau. He lived a life of distinction, serving as president of the World Council of Churches and actively speaking out against nuclear armament and military alliances until his death at age ninety-two in 1984. 
Leo Stein served as a doctor of jurisprudence and church law and was teaching at the University of Berlin when he was arrested and summarily imprisoned for crimes of treason, his book on the Russian Revolution held as the sole "evidence" against him. This book was written following his emigration to the United States.
 

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MY MEETING WITH NIEMOELLER
17
ARRESTED BY THE GESTAPO
25
MY ARRIVAL AT MOABIT PRISON
32
NIEMOELLER AT MOABIT
52
NIEMOELLER MEETS HITLER
77
HITLER THE SAVIOR OF MANKIND
85
NIEMOELLERS COURAGE IN PRISON
93
FRIEND OF THE FRIENDLESS
105
B Policies Adopted in the Incorporated Areas
284
V METHODS USED TO IMPLEMENT THE POLICY OF PERSECUTION
285
a The Seizure of the German Evangelical Church
286
2 Interference with the Normal Operation of Central Institutions of Church Government
287
ii Prohibition of the Central Governing Organs of the German Confessionals
288
c Interruption of Official Communications within the Church Government
290
ii Cases in the Incorporated Areas
292
1 The Murder of Church Leaders
293

NIEMOELLER ON ANTISEMITISM
115
THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
124
NIEMOELLER VIEWS THE NAZI PHILOSOPHY
131
NIEMOELLER ON THE NAZI CREED
139
RELIGION IS NOT DEAD IN GERMANY
155
IN THE HANDS OF THE GESTAPO
170
DEATH HITLERS ONLY MERCY
183
TOGETHER AT SACHSENHAUSEN
205
WOULD HITLER HAVE LAUGHED?
216
TELL THE WORLD NIEMOELLER
226
HITLER ON RELIGION EXCERPT FROM THE VOICE OF DESTRUCTION
239
OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE NAZI WAR ON RELIGION BY WILLIAM DONOVAN DIRECTOR OF THE OSS
253
THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
265
B Acts Committed in Areas Incorporated into the Reich
266
III THE BASIC NATIONAL SOCIALIST ATTITUDE TOWARD CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
267
IV POLICIES ADOPTED IN THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
270
1 The Catholic Church
272
b The Period from the Seizure of Power to the Signing of the Concordat
273
c The Period Following the Signature of the Concordat
277
2 The Evangelical Church
278
a The Period of German Christian Predominance
279
b The Period of Direct Administration
281
3 The Christian Sects
283
c Cases in the Occupied Areas
294
b Cases in the Incorporated Areas
298
3 Defamation of the Clergy
300
4 Arrest of the Clergy
301
b Cases in the Incorporated Areas
303
5 Removing Clergymen from Office
304
C Interference with the Activities of the Clergy
305
b Cases in Occupied Areas
306
a Cases Involving the Catholic Church CASE 39
307
b Cases Involving the German Evangelical Church
312
3 Interferences with the Educational Functions of the Clergy
313
i Cases in Germany Proper
314
ii Cases in the Incorporated Areas
315
c Elimination of Religious Instruction from Other Schools
318
D Interference with Christian Organizations
319
1 Religious Orders
321
b Interference with Religious Orders in the Incorporated Areas
322
2 The Youth Movement
323
3 Other Church Organizations
324
VI ORGANIZATIONS BEARING PARTICULAR RESPONSIBILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE PERSECUTIONS
325
VII LIST OF CHIEF WITNESSES IN THE CASES CONCERNING PERSECUTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN GERMANY AND OCCU...
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 A doctor of jurisprudence and church law, Leo Stein was teaching at the University of Berlin when he was arrested for treason. His book on the Russian Revolution was viewed as proof of his treasonous ways, and Stein was thrown in jail. While in jail, he had an opportunity to observe another prisoner, Martin Niemoeller. Niemoeller, a German pastor, was an early vocal opponent of Nazism. 

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